Originally Posted by S.Cane
Since there seems to be a lot of people who are really unsure as to what/which projector will be best for them and their setup (720p or 1080p), I figured I'd take the time, and well, try my best to help you come to that determination.
As I've mentioned more then a few times, a series of questions really need to asked and answered. I'll start by reiterating those, so you guys won't have to go back and try to find them in this thread.
1. What am I after? What is it you're wanting to do.
2. Which projector will give me all or most of what I'm looking for, for the least amount of money?
Despite what anybody says, cost is always an object. As I've mentioned before, most of us are not rolling in the dough, with cash flowing out of our rear ends. It's not like we have money trees growing out in the backyard that we can just pull as much cash off of whenever we want/need to. Despite what anybody says, cost is always an issue to "some" extent.
3. Will, and or could, my decision effect other things that I'm going to want and need to pull off the setup that I want to do?
Example: If I purchase the most expensive projector, would it or could it effect getting that new screen I want, or that new lens I've been eyeballing ect...ect...?
4. Do I really want to jump up to a 1080p projector now, knowing that they will only get better and cheaper as time goes on?
And last, but certainly not least
5. Am I really going to benefit from a 1080p projector?
The fact of the matter is, many people, despite what they "want" to think, will not benefit from stepping up to a 1080p projector. Or at least not in the way they're thinking they would. It all boils down to various factors, such as how far from the screen they're going to sit, how big of screen they're projecting on, is the room light controled or is it not, ect... ect...
These are all things that I feel everybody should ask themselves and take under serious consideration. Unfortunately, alot of people fail to do so.
Once you've answered these questions for yourself, you'll be better prepared to make a logical and sound decision based upon what is best for YOU, your SETUP, and of course, your WALLET.
The reason that I recommend these steps, is because in this hobby it's simply far to easy to get sucked into what I call the bandwagon game. There's constantly new products that are always coming out. With these new products comes a lot of hype, some justified, some not. We all hear this hype and by nature we get excited. These feelings of excitement, more often then not, causes us to make irrational decisions without throughly thinking things through. So ask yourself these questions, and buy what's right for you, your needs, your system/setup, and ultimately your budget. By doing so, I think you'll find greater peace of mind and a system that you'll not only love, but one in which you can enjoy for years to come.
However, in order to answer these questions appropriately and effectively, further explanation is needed.
In order to truly benefit from a 1080p projector, many factors have to be presented and not all or any specific one is required, but at least one of them is necessary. Sound confusing? It isn't, let me explain.
To make it easier for everyone to understand, I'll break it down and then elaborate from there.
A person will benefit from a 1080p projector if....
1. You plan on sitting less then 1.5 X the width of your screen.
2. You plan on projecting onto a very large screen (greater then 110) and the conditions of your room, followed by your setup, is right.
3. You plan on projecting onto a smaller screen (less then 110) and the conditions of your room, followed by your setup, is right.
Now everybody gets totally confused regarding 2 and 3, so let me just clear up all that confusion regarding that issue. I think we can all agree that number 1 pretty much speaks for itself, therefore I don't believe any further explanation is necessary on that one.
Room condition gentlemen, whether or not you'll benefit from a 1080p projector pretty much all comes down to the condition of your room, followed by the type of screen you decide to go with.
Let's assume that your room is dark and totally light controlled. Let's also assume that you plan on going with a screen that less then a 110 and that you're seating is greater then 1.5 X the width of your screen. Do you think you're going to benefit from a 1080p projector under these conditions? Oh I hope that you don't, because I'm sorry to say that you will not, and here's why. It's all predicated on facts, and the fact of the matter is, there's only so much the human eye can see/notice or in other words differentiate.
When you start talking about the differences of 1080p verses 720p, the numbers are not quite as large as what one may think. For example, the resolution of pixels in a 720p projector/display is 1,280x720. Where as the resolution of pixels in a 1080p projector/display is 1,920x1080. Looks like a huge difference, doesn't it. However when you break that down that's only a difference of 640x360. Still a fairly significant difference, but one that is only noticeable to the human eye under the right conditions/circumstances.
So what are those conditions and or circumstances in which would allow me to benefit from a 1080p projector? It's a good question but one that doesn't come with an easy answer, for there's a lot of variables that plays into that.
I personally believe that the more important question would be, is it worth it?
In my personal and expert opinion, no, I do not feel it's worth jumping up to a 1080p projector at this point in time; And the reason is simple.
They lack the lumens needed to really benefit from having a 1080p projector, unless your screen is smaller then 110 and your seating is less then 1.5 X the width of the screen.
To really reap the benefits of having a 1080p projector, you'd want to go with a really large screen, for the larger the screen, the more you'll notice the difference between 720p and 1080p. The problem with that is none of the 1080p projectors that's available right now have a high enough lumen output to do a screen of that size justice.
So what the hell is the solution. Well, you got two choices.
1. You wait it out. Save your money and wait another year or two. It's a known fact in this hobby, products only get better and cheaper as time goes on.
If you feel you just have to have a 1080p projector now, or simply just want one, then
2. You go with a high gain screen such as the Vutec SilverStar or Dalites High Power, for example. Basically anything with a gain of 1.4 or greater, and personally if it were me, I'd stick with a gain of 2.0 or higher, but it all depends on the actual size of the screen.
The bottom line, in order to truly benefit from a 1080p projector at a seating distance greater then 1.5 X the width of the screen, is to go with a really large screen and one with a higher gain level, otherwise you won't be benefiting at all due to low lumens that these 1080p projectors posses. At least at this point time. That is why I recommend that if a person wants to go with any of these 1080p projectors, it's vital to choose your screen wisely.
Ok, I'm ending this here in fear of writing you all a novel to read. If anybody has any questions or would like further explanation, please feel free to ask.